We have a “local” player – he’s out of Baltimore – who represents Maryland Disc Golf at Tournaments up and down the East Coast.
Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320) has transformed into one of the top pros in Disc Golf and it is exciting to watch him methodically navigate very tough courses. He is also a very passionate advocate for the inclusion of players regardless of gender, racial, and economic status.
Supporting women’s disc golf is important for me because it’s an obvious place where the demographics of disc golf don’t match up with the demographics of states, countries, heck, the world.Andrew Fish (discgolf.ultiworld.com)
Andrew is a co-tournament director for the Women’s Open of Maryland. The tournament is still on the schedule to happen later this year. For female athletes looking to get started in disc golf or seasoned players looking for top quality competition this is an amazing event to participate in. The official sign up is on Disc Golf Scene.
On this blog I wrote about the tournament and the recent addition of $3,000 dollars cash to fund payouts for the event.
There are many of us in the lower amateur ranks here in Maryland who watch him play on video and talk about him during our own rounds. He is the guy who has been able to take his game to a totally different level and get on lead cards with the top players of the sport.
For the 2019 Season he was ranked number 70 in the world. That is totally awesome and an impressive feat. Let’s all hope he keeps climbing up that ladder to the number 1 spot.
It also turns out that he is an incredibly nice guy, easy to talk to and has a way of explaining his Disc Golf strategy that is so easy to comprehend.
My hope is to get him to West Winds Disc Golf once per quarter to play a “Meet the Pro” round with a small group of amateur players. The insight and nuggets of information he drops on you while playing a casual round are absolutely game changing.
What is in the Bag of Andrew Fish?
Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran – it’s always good to know what people who are better than you use for their game. Andrew takes 8 minutes to go through his bag and share with us why and what he carries to destroy the competition.
- Roach (Soft X Plastic)
- Zone (Z Plastic)
- Challenger (Crystal Plastic)
- Challenger (X Plastic)
- Comet (ESP Plastic)
- Comet (Z Plastic)
- Wasp (Z Plastic)
- Vulture (Test Flight)
- Undertaker (Z Plastic)
- Force (Z Plastic)
- Raptor (Z Plastic)
Utility – Roller
- Crank (Z Plastic)
- Thrasher (Z Plastic)
- Undertaker (Z Plastic)
- Crank (Z Plastic)
- Machete (Z Plastic)
- Nuke OS (Z Plastic)
Disc Golf Bag
- Upper Park – Shift
- Upper Park – Rebel
So there you go. A whole roster of discs that a top tier pro uses to play the game.
It’s good to know what he is throwing. But you have to remember that as amateur players we typically lack the arm speed to get the same flight out of our discs. So you have to make sure you are getting discs that match your arm speed.
When in doubt – throw a Comet.Andrew Fish
It’s a bit tricky to figure that out at first. But with practice and throwing discs regularly you’ll get the hang of it. Go out to your local course and play some rounds with random players to get a sense of what they use. Pay close attention to amateurs who throw similar distances and pick their brains and bags to see what they throw.
Where Can I Buy Discs?
There are several online companies that sell discs. For the past two years I have used Infinite Discs to purchase all my plastic. They have a great selection and they show you a photograph of the exact disc you add to your basket.
Discs are searchable so you can see very quickly if they have the one you are looking for.
For those of you looking to pick up any of the sweet discs that Andrew carries in his bag I’ve already found the link to the Discraft section on Infinite Discs for you. Head over and up your game with new additions to your bag.
Most of the Disc Golf manufactures also offer sales through their site as well. I find that their prices are a bit higher. But if for some reason Infinite Discs doesn’t have something you’re looking for – always try the manufacturers site.
I have been hard pressed not to find a disc I was looking for on the Infinite Disc site. In fact, I buy all my RPM discs from the site. My favorite is the RuRu putter – for me it feels like an old fashioned frisbee that I can get tight up to the basket to save strokes. Great approach disc in my very amateur opinion.
Talking about saving strokes. I found this great tutorial video of Andrew teaching us the how and why of the jump putt. It’s an older video – but the content is gold!
HOw and Why to Jump Putt
The information Andrew shares with us in this video from 2017 is still relevant today. Players have to understand when to use and how to execute the jump putt.
When watching coverage on YouTube you will see top tier players use the jump putt to save strokes all the time. It’s something you’ll see us amateur players use in rounds too.
Players like James Conrad (PDGA #17295) are absolutely deadly with the jump putt.
Well Disc Golf fans – I hope you dig deep into the YouTubes to find other coverage of our Maryland Pro in tournament play. It’s great to watch him on video but even better if you catch him in a local tournament to see him in person.
What’s great about actually being at a tournament is to get a true sense of the distance the pros throw and the sound that comes out of the disc when it leaves their hand.
It’s one part of the disc golf experience that video coverage doesn’t quiet capture. That roaring rip through the air when a disc is released is fantastic!
How Can I Help West Winds Disc Golf?
We are always looking for volunteers to help with projects here at the course. There is a contact form you can use to reach out and add your name to our volunteer roster. Do it today so you get on the list and don’t miss out.
Sneak peek information – baskets will be coming in the near future. We are going to need a good crew to get them in the ground. More information about this in the upcoming week or so. Very exciting stuff.
Also, follow the course on Twitter and subscribe to the YouTube channel. We are giving away discs, PDGA items and other cool stuff. Trying to get the YouTube channel to 1,000 subscribers so we can use some of the additional features of YouTube.
Let’s do this Disc Golf fans!
Stay safe and healthy. Get out to a field and work on your game.
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